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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Elementary students honor veterans


November 16, 2017 | View PDF

The students at William H. Seward Elementary School put their best voices forward on Friday, November 9, to recognize and thank local veterans during a special Veterans Day program in the library. In all more than 50 students, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, performed in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

“We’re glad that everyone has come to celebrate Veterans Day with us so the kids can honor those who have served our country,” said Principal Alan Haskins at the start of the event. “We wanted to recognize and thank the many men and women who have made our country secure and who advance the cause of freedom worldwide. The cost of freedom is high. We would like to honor those who have been willing to pay that price, as well as pay our respects to those who are currently serving.”

Haskins recognized the members of the audience who serve or have served in the U.S. armed forces, including a large delegation from the USCG Healy who attended while they were in port.

During the ceremony, the kindergarten students recited “Our Flag is Red” program. The first- and second-graders presented a song that featured an enthusiastic chorus of “Thank you! Oh, thank you! Men and women brave and strong. To those who served so gallantly, we sing this grateful song.”

The older students capped the ceremony by singing a medley of songs specifically for the U.S. Army. U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps, and offering a final salute to the crowd.


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